Residents of the Canadian city of Lytton are forced to evacuate as a result of high temperatures, causing the city to suddenly be engulfed in flames.
Mayor John Boulderman spoke about the eviction on Wednesday night, the Canadian National Broadcasting CBC reported.
– This is bad. The whole city is on fire. He says it took about 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to a sudden fire everywhere.
Over the past three days, the record heat has been recorded in Lytton. On Tuesday it measured 49.5 degrees, the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada.
The city is located 26 miles northeast of Vancouver in western Canada. Many residents had to flee in a hurry as they left their belongings.
It’s so hot, many people do not know what to do with themselves:
Lost hundreds of lives
Authorities estimate that the heat wave that hit Canada and the US states of Oregon and Washington has killed hundreds of people.
Temperatures of up to 50 degrees have doubled to normal, with many unexpected deaths linked to the heat wave in recent days.
Lisa Lapoint, chief pathologist in the Canadian province of British Columbia, said 486 sudden and unexpected deaths were reported Wednesday through Friday. On average, about 165 people die in five days in the province.
“While it is too early to say for sure how many of these deaths will be due to the heat, it is believed that a significant increase in reported deaths could be due to extreme weather,” Labyrinth said in a statement.
Many homes in the United States and northern Canada do not have air conditioning, so they are poorly fitted against unexpected heat waves.
In Oregon, 60 deaths have been reported with the heat, while in Washington, a dozen deaths have been reported so far, with many expected to rise.
Of the dead, those between the ages of 44 and 97 were estimated to have hyperthermia, i.e., overheating in at least 45 cases. In Oregon, previously, from 2017 to 2019, only 12 hyperthermia cases were recorded.
“Temperatures measured this week are unpredictable – lives are lost and the risk of wildfires is at an alarmingly high level,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.